OK, guys, here we go!
7 books of pure awesomeness linked to many other King's books.
But what's it about?
Well, the first book reads like a Western and it surely partly is. King was inspired by the Movie "the Good, the Bad and the Ugly" to write the Tower-cycle at first.
But all this medieval and wild-west-world-setting is somehow surreal, suddenly a shiny new nuclear powered water-pump appears in the middle of the desert that has no rust whatsoever on it.
And then there happens magic, dark magic. Or is it really just very far advanced technology?
And on the question, what Time is, one might answer: Time is a face on the water. And time is as slippery as water.
Then there are these surreal doors that just float on the beach or in the mountains, that let you travel to other worlds, for example from the medieval-wild-west-world to our world 1970, 80, 90 and on and on. And all of this without violating the Time-Travel-Kill-your-own-Grandfather-paradox.
& at the center of everything stands the Dark Tower, the goal of the main protagonist Roland of Gilead in Midworld, who is the last gunslinger of the line of Eld. But who is Eld? What is Gilead? and Midworld?
The Dark Tower is slowly crumbling away, falling, but still standing at the center of the 6 beams that are also slowly fading away. And Roland seeks to stop that process. And for that, he has to kill enemies and leave behind friends and foes alike, so he can reach the Dark Tower, climb to the top and see what or who's there and stop the impending end of all world(s).
Well, anyways. I've read all 7 book in english and at the end of the 7th book, I found out that there's one more book King wrote after he finished the series, because the fans urged him to
King wrote this series over the course of like 40 years. He started when he was ~19 years old and finished the last book 2004, I believe. And the movie "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" inpsired him to start with the whole stuff at first. In King's mind, the main protagonist Roland looks quite like a mix out of Clint Eastwood+dirty stubble beard & Kimg himself. He has many cross-connections to his other books in the Tower Series, for example even a main-character appears that appeared in another book in another world during another time.
That's why I also decided to read through King's books slowly but stadily.
So far I've got 'Salem's Lot(300-400 pages), The Stand(~1300 pages) and I'm now reading "It" that clocks in at 1400 pages. I realize I'm just at the third book, even though I've been reading for quite a while now
By the way, here is the series in my shelf. Next to it are the Eragon-books and on the other side Erich Kästner-books, who not only wrote Child-stories, but also post-WW2-literature and novels. King, Kästner and Drvenkar are d4mn good authors
I bundled up all pics I had on my PC about the Tower and saved them in 2 zip-bundles, one with spoilery pics, one without. May contain the same pics in different resolutions multiple times, tho
edit: pls don't got too off-topic with this thread, guys.